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Source:
History of Lower Scioto Co., Ohio
Publ. Chicago: Inter-state Publishing Co.
1884

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GEORGE W. HARBARGER was born in Clarion County, Pa., June 30, 1845, a son of John and Susannah (Hyskill) Harbarger.  His ancestors were among the early settlers of the Shenandoah Valley, in Virginia.  His parents  were married in 1842, and in 1859 removed to Hamden, Vinton Co., Ohio.  His father enlisted in 1861, in Company D, Second Virginia Cavalry, and served four years.  In 1868 he removed to Columbus, Ohio, where he now resides.  Our subject is the second of nine children.  His mother died in 1875, and his father afterward married Jennie Partello.  Mr. Harbarger is self educated, was a teacher in the public schools of Jackson County from 1863 until the fall of 1879, when he was appointed Superintendent of the Jackson County Infirmary, a position he still occupies.  He is Secretary of the State Association of Infirmary Officials, which meets annually at Columbus, Ohio, and was Secretary of the County Agricultural Society for a number of years.  He is a member of the County Literary Society and is prominently identified with the County Teacher's Association, and is now serving his sixth year as a member of the County Board of School Examiners.  Politically he is a Republican.  He has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal church since 1861, and was licensed as a local preacher in 1871.  He was married in 1865 to Nannie A. (McKinnis) Haslet and has two sons.
Source: History of Lower Scioto Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Inter-state Publishing Co. 1884 - Page 557
JOSEPH HUMPHRIES, of the Jackson Coal and Lumber Company, was born in Wilkesville, Vinton Co., Ohio. in 1829, a son of Joseph and Nancy (Spencer) Humphries. His parents were early settlers of Wilkesville and both died in 1830, leaving five children - John W., Elizabeth, Sarah, Nancy and Joseph.  The latter was taken by James S. and Harmion Dixon, of Jackson, by whom he was reared and educated.  At the age of seventeen he began farming for himself and followed that occupation till twenty-five, after which he was engaged in saw-milling and lumbering, and was for a time in the flouring mill in Berlin, Ohio.  During the late war he was a member of the Home Guards and was on duty at Johnson's Island.  Since 1867 he has been a resident of Jackson, and until 1882 was engaged in farming and dealing in stock.  Jan. 24, of the latter year he was the prime mover in the organization of the Jackson Coal and Lumber Company, and has charge of the office at the west end of Main street.  They have stock valued at $10,000, consisting of all kinds of building lumber and materials; also feed, baled hay, corn, bran, etc.   Mr. Humphries was married in 1851 to Sarah Littrell, who died in Aug., 1865, leaving eight children.  In 1868 he married Elizabeth HurstMr. and Mrs. Humphries are members of the Methodist church.  Politically he is a Republican and has always taken an active part in political matters.  In the spring of 1883 he was elected a Trustee of Lick Township.
Source: History of Lower Scioto Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Inter-state Publishing Co. 1884 - Page 559
J. R. HUNTER, ex-County Treasurer, Jackson, is a son of Archibald Hunter, who was of Scotch extraction and born in Eastern Pennsylvania in 1775, but died in Jackson County, Ohio, in 1851.  He was reared to farm life, which, together with tanning, he followed mostly through life.  His wife was Margaret Harvey, who settled with him and eight children in Carroll County, Ohio, in 1837, and in 1849 in Jackson County.  His widow still survives, aged eighty-six years.  Of their nine children J. R. is the third, and was born Dec. 12, 1825, in Washington County, Penn.  His parents reared him on the farm and gave him the opportunities of acquiring a fair education, which was completed at the Carrollton Academy in Carroll County, Ohio.  His perceptive faculties were keen, and his attentiveness as a student, together with his stability of principle, enabled him to acquire a thorough education, which he utilized by becoming a teacher quite young, a profession he followed about twenty years with good success, both as a disciplinarian and instructor.  His method of governing was kind yet firm and he at all times was held in high esteem by his pupils and patrons.  He came to Jackson County the same year that his father moved here, commencing life for himself, and by practicing economy and industry ere long became the owner of a fine farm, partly in Franklin and partly in Scioto townships.  The cares of this in 1865 became so great that he abandoned teaching.  He had for some time given considerable attention to stock, which from 1865 increased very much and still receives due attention.  His political affiliations have always been cast with the Republican party which, in the fall of 1875, honored him with the office of Treasurer of Jackson County, to which he was re-elected in the fall of 1877, running in advance of his ticket.  The office was filled two terms with unquestioned integrity and uprightness of principle.  He then retired, laying all duties aside save superintending his farm.  In religion he is an ardent supporter of the Methodist Episcopal church, to which his wife also belongs.  He was first married in 1851 to Eliza Parks, a native of Virginia, but mostly reared in Jackson County, Ohio, where she died.  They had born to them six children, five of whom were living at the time of her death and three now survive.  In January, 1881, he married for his second wife Miss Lizzie, the widow of J. G. Norris, whose maiden name was Buxton, a native of Pittsburg, Pa., but since about 1854 a resident of Ohio.
Source: History of Lower Scioto Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Inter-state Publishing Co. 1884 - Page 560

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